Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Scrap Exchange Announces Green Gallery Opening and 20th Birthday Party

The Scrap Exchange is pleased to announce the opening of a new Green Gallery art exhibit on June 17. "The Friends and Family 20/20 Show" features upcycled art, priced at $20 per piece, created with repurposed materials by artists from all over the community. This show marks the first exhibition installed in the new home of The Scrap Exchange, now located at The Cordoba Center for the Arts, 923 Franklin St. in Durham.

An opening reception is scheduled on Friday, June 17 from 6-9 pm. In addition to the traditional opening reception festivities, the evening will also feature a rousing birthday party to celebrate the organization's 20 years of serving North Carolina and surrounding states as a leader and pioneer in the creative reuse industry. The gallery reception and birthday party will feature refreshments, a birthday cake, live music by The Durham Ukulele Orchestra, free admission to Open Studio to create birthday hats, and much more. To emphasize the 20 year service mark, all artwork included in this gallery exhibit will be priced at $20.

Scrap Exchange staff, board members and volunteers are more than ready for a celebration after surviving a recent crisis situation. The Scrap Exchange was forced to move unexpectedly out of their previous home in the Liberty Warehouse after the roof collapsed on a portion of the building in mid-May. More than 30 tenants in the warehouse, including The Scrap Exchange, were given only a few hours to pack up and move out after the building was condemned. The Scrap Exchange first made an emergency move across the street to an empty space owned by Denny Clark at 539 Foster St. And then the organization scrambled to find a more permanent location, and moved a second time only 10 days later to its current location at 923 Franklin Street in Durham, a historic textile mill building owned by Julio Cordoba behind the Golden Belt complex. The Cordoba building is proving to be an excellent fit for the organization's vision of future growth and expansion. The Scrap Exchange plans to actively fundraise via their ongoing Capital Campaign to raise the funding required to purchase the space they are currently leasing and make it a permanent home.

The Friends and Family 20/20 Show will run from June 17 through July 9. Admission to The Green Gallery is free. The gallery is open to view anytime during regular retail store hours. For more information on The Green Gallery or The Scrap Exchange, call 919-688-6960 or send an email to store@scrapexchange.org.

Green Gallery opening receptions are held in conjunction with Third Friday Durham festivities and sponsored by PBR.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Call for Volunteers: Week of June 13

Want to help The Scrap Exchange this week? Volunteers are needed for the following projects and events.

Move Remaining Items Out of 548 Foster St.

The Scrap Exchange needs help making the final move out of our 548 Foster Street location. (Yes, we still have materials sitting in the old store location...) Come to 548 Foster St. on Monday June 13th or Tuesday June 14th between 9am and 5pm (or any part thereof, even an hour or two) to help out. We'll be packing up boxes, getting things off of the ceiling and walls and preparing the space for TROSA to help with the largest furniture. Thanks in advance, volunteers make this whole amazing transition possible!

Email store manager Julia Gartrell with any questions at store@scrapexchange.org.

Help Out at MonkeyBottom Collaborative Pop Up Art Show Fundraiser

What: Pop Up Art Show/fundraiser in honor of The Scrap Exchange, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote creativity, environmental awareness, and community through reuse.

When: June 18th from 7-10+ pm
Where: Monkey Bottom Arts Collaborative,
More Info Here: http://themonkeybottom.blogspot.com/

Event organizer, Adrian Schlesinger, needs the following for the show:

* 2-3 people to help with hanging the art on June 18th between 4pm and 7 pm
* 1 person to collect consignment forms from artists, number the artwork, and take care of the money.
* 2-3 people to help with clean up

If you would like to help volunteer for this fundraiser, please contact Adrian at (919) 448-5186 , or email at sparklehoof@gmail.com

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Call for Artists and Open Hanging Schedule for 20/20 Show

Call for Artists and Open Hanging Schedule
Friends and Family 20/20 Show

Hanging Dates: June 12 - June 16
Exhibit Dates: June 17 – July 9

Our annual Friends and Family open-hanging exhibit is almost here and we need YOU to participate. We are adding a 20th anniversary twist to this popular show. All artwork will be for sale for $20 per item, to help us celebrate 20 years as a leading creative reuse center!

Here’s where you come in. This show is open to anyone in our community! Make something cool out of reclaimed materials that you will be happy to price at $20. In fact, make several pieces! Use any medium and any subject matter(family friendly please). The only requirement is that you use reclaimed, reused or repurposed materials in your work. This show will include our traditional 60/40 split- the artist receives 60% of any sale and the Scrap Exchange receives 40%. Submit as many pieces as you like, we want to completely fill the gallery with art!

You can come in and hang the work yourself June 12th-16th anytime during regular store hours. These hours are as follows:

Sun June 12: 12pm-5pm
Mon June 13: 11am-5pm
Tue June 14: 11am-5pm
Wed June 15: 11am-5pm
Thu June 16: 11am-6pm

The show will open Friday June 17th with a big 20th birthday party for the Scrap Exchange from 6-9 pm. The reception and birthday party will include refreshments, live music by the Durham Ukulele Orchestra, free admission to Open Studio to make party hats, and more!

So, it’s time to get busy, finish up that art and bring it to our new location to hang! The Friends and Family 20/20 Show will run from June 17 through July 9.

The Scrap Exchange has moved and is now located at 923 Franklin St in Durham, behind the Golden Belt complex. The main entrance is located at Bay 2.

The Green Gallery is open daily during regular retail store hours. Green Gallery openings at The Scrap Exchange are sponsored by PBR and held in conjunction with Third Friday Durham festivities. Thank you PBR for your support of the arts!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Saturday June 4th: A Day of Reopening Celebration and Fundraising

It's a big day for the Scrap Exchange today as the store reopens and local community groups host fundraising activities.  Here's what's happening in Durham and across the Triangle.

@ 923 Franklin St, Durham
June 4, 10am-5pm

The Scrap Exchange reopens at 10am today in it's new home at 923 Franklin St in Durham.  Stop by and see our new space which will house the retail store, warehouse, party room, Artist Marketplace, Green Gallery, offices and classrooms altogether on the ground floor of an old historic textile mill.  The building is located at 923 Franklin St, Bays 1 and 2, directly behind Golden Belt in Durham.

@ Nightlight Bar and Club, 405 1/2 W. Rosemary St., Chapel Hill
June 4, 6pm-8pm

Join Nightlight on Saturday, June 4th at the Nightlight Bar & Club from 6-8 PM for the closing art reception for the RE-USE Elements Art Show! There will also be a special Crafts & Cocktails provided by the Scrap Exchange where folks can participate in an open Make N' Take Station.
This current art show was inspired by many materials and ideas by the Scrap Exchange creative re-use center in downtown Durham. The event is free to attend but donations for materials are suggested at $5. There will be arts materials, hot glue guns, tape and scissors provided. Come on down to make art, collages, cards, flyers and more!

At 7pm, the current group of artists will be available for an informal Q & A on their artistic approach, style and vision.   Currently, there are 4 elements inspired installations, quilted tapestries, bike tire installations and sculptures, a giant space suit made out of old cigarette wrappers and more! Artists include: Julia Gartrell, Travis Cohn, Beth Palmer, Hunter Levinsohn, Chance Murray, Nuno Gomes, Bryant Holsenbeck, Jessye McDowell, Lee Delegard, Tracy Spencer- Stonestreet, Ashley Florence and more!

@ Casbah, 1007 West Main St, Durham
June 4,  1PM - 1AM

10 Bands, 10 Hours, 10 Bucks
Featuring... Rainbow Nerd, Durham Ukulele Orchestra, The Pnuerotics, Midtown Dickens, Mary Johnson Rockers, Phil Cook & His Feat, LiLa, Hindugrass, Sara Bell and JKuchma and Thee Dirtybeats.

Help the Scrap Exchange finance their new home at 923 Franklin St in Durham!! Help the Foundry find a home!! Bring a tee-shirt to sreen-print w/ Save the Scrap!! Shed Letterpress has printed some beautiful posters... get in on those too!

"Check most any to-do or must-see guide of Durham during the last decade, and you'll find The Scrap Exchange, the Bull City's place to get previously used goods for projects on the cheap. Last month, though, a roof that collapsed after heavy rain sent both The Scrap Exchange and Liberty Arts Foundry scrambling for new homes. To aid the effort, 11 area bands—from the solo project of Megafaun member Phil Cook to the garage rock rescues of Thee Dirtybeats—play this all-day benefit. Be sure to check Midtown Dickens, who have a bevy of their best songs yet ready for their next record, and Sara Bell, the Shark Quest architect playing a rare solo show. —Grayson Currin, Independent Weekly

"...the show will be a family-friendly event that reflects Durham's musical and cultural eclecticism. Among the artists who will perform are Midtown Dickens, the Neurotics, Durham Ukulele Orchestra, Hindugrass and Sara Bell. "What we're trying to do with this event is make it a really positive event and showcase what is really great about Durham, and use that to help The Scrap Exchange," Gardner said." —Cliff Bellamy, The Herald-Sun

"Some places are Raleigh institutions, some are Durham institutions, but some places transcend the reaches of the city limit. One of those rare places is the Scrap Exchange... From all of us at ROTR, we wish you the best of luck and we encourage all our readers to donate and attend fundraising events. Damn the man! Save the Scrap!!" —Raleigh on the Rocks

@ Duke Park Meadow, Durham

Our friends at Beaver Lodge Local 1504 will be hosting the 7th annual Beaver Queen Pageant at Duke Park Meadow today.  This fundraising beaver drag celebration supports the Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association.  This event will feature the latest in beaver fashion including beaver tails auctioned off during a recent Green Gallery exhibit at The Scrap Exchange.  Stop by as you make the rounds in Durham today!